Whether you’re packing your dorm room furniture away for the summer or storing your grandmother’s antique armoire, there are certain things to keep in mind when you decide to store wooden furniture.
Wood is a sturdy and affordable material for the making of furniture, but it can be susceptible to damage under certain conditions, especially heat and moisture. Because furniture can be made from hard woods like cherry or oak, or soft woods like pine or cedar, it’s important to know what your furniture is made of. You can usually find this information in the manufacturer’s literature. If the item is older and you don’t know what kind of wood it’s made of, consult an experienced cabinetmaker. Regardless of the type of wood, there are certain practices you should always employ when storing wooden furniture.
Treat the wood
If wood dries out it tends to crack. Moisture can also cause wood to warp and rot. For these reasons, it’s wise to treat wood with furniture polish before storing it.
Choose a climate controlled environment
Find out what the average temperature and humidity range of your chosen storage space will be. If you are unable to find this information out, check the space during different types of weather to see for yourself. At certain times of the year, you may want to use a humidifier or dehumidifier in the storage space.
Keep it covered
To protect your furniture from dust, moisture, sunlight, and nicks and scratches, keep all wooden surfaces covered when in storage. STORBOX Self Storage in Pasadena sells appropriate covering materials like furniture blankets, boxes, and plastic sheeting.
Raise it off the ground
While storage space should never be wet, you can help keep your furniture safe from unexpected flooding or moisture by raising it off the ground. Wooden blocks and planks, or concrete blocks, can be used to keep your furniture several inches off of the floor.
For more moving and storage advice and supplies, visit STORBOX at 2233 East Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena or call us at (626) 407-3439. Consult an expert.